Sunday, April 10, 2011
The difficulty is finding a way to differentiate between members of the church and non-members without using that term. So, as we were instructed in Conference to serve more, I have spent some time in your service looking for options to replace the term "non-member".
Gentiles: A little too strong, and can be a little confusing - especially to our Jewish neighbors
FOOF's: Friends Of Other Faiths. Sounds a little silly, but not as bad as...
POOF's: People Of Other Faiths. Nope. That's definitely not going to go over well
POOR: People Of Other Religions. As in he is a POOR man, I am a Mormon
PS: Potential Saint. My friend Joe is a PS
Bunko-ites: At least in our neighborhood
TB's: Terrestrial Buddies (Or Telestial Buddies, depending on the neighbor)
SIP's: Saint in Progress
Guiltmongers: (Like a rumormonger stirs up rumors)
BIF: Blissfully Ignorant Friend
MF: Missionary Fodder
LDS-T: Latter-day Saint Target, vs LDS-A (Active) or LDS-LA (Less-Active or Lazy)
FUSSIN: Friends Unaware Spiritual Salvation Is Needed
After spending long hours coming up with this insightful list of alternatives, I have decided that none of them are adequate to express the relationship we have with those wonderful people who are not of our faith.
I guess I'll just call them my friends.
(This post dedicated to Steve, because he is strange enough to appreciate it.)